Like the rest of the English footballing fraternity, Jens Lehmann sees next weekend as potentially pivotal in the Premiership title race.

Champions Chelsea visit Manchester United, the current leaders, on Sunday while Arsenal go to Bolton on the evening before. Given Liverpool's poor start, many believe this quartet will occupy the top four places in May and their meetings will decide the order.

No matter what happens next week, Arsène Wenger knows his side must improve their home record if they are to challenge for the title. On Saturday they drew 1-1 with struggling Newcastle at Emirates Stadium. It was the fourth time in seven games they had finished level with a team they were expected to beat. Lehmann was a disappointed as anyone but he is not ruling out his side in the title race yet.

"We are always drawing and now see the others running away, so of course that is frustrating," he sad. "It is difficult but in football nothing is too far at this stage of the season.

"In comparison to last year we are actually doing much better, at this stage we were way further down the Premiership table. So really it is a big improvement.

"But Chelsea and Manchester United play each other next week, so that could be a good chance for us to catch them up a little bit. We have to go to Bolton and that will not be easy.

"But right now we just have to look at the next game. We have to work and improve - that is the key."

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20 Nov 2006